The Cecil Hotel in Murree, Pakistan is a historic hotel that has been serving visitors to the hill station for over a century. Established in 1851, the Cecil Hotel has been a staple of Murree’s tourism industry and is renowned for its traditional British colonial architecture, elegant interiors, and breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
The Cecil Hotel was originally built to serve as a summer retreat for British officials and European visitors. The hotel was designed in the traditional colonial style, with elegant verandas, spacious rooms, and intricate woodwork. The hotel was equipped with all the modern conveniences of the time, including hot and cold running water, electric lighting, and telephone services.
Today, more than a century later, Cecil Heritage by Pearl-Continental, stands in the hills of Murree, restored to its original grandeur with beautiful floors, period furniture, and crackling fires, maintaining its exclusivity and colonial charm and elegance. The inviting warm ambience takes you back in time as soon as you step through the front door. Located on Mountain View Road and approachable from GPO as well as The Mall, Cecil Heritage offers 14 rooms, including deluxe rooms, spacious family suites, and presidential suites, offering modern amenities, such as IPTVs, smart heating and cooling, telephones, and WiFi. Each room is decorated with period features and a vintage tapestry to pay homage to Murree’s historical era. The ensuite bathrooms come equipped with a vintage claw-foot tub, a separate shower, twin wash basins, a radiator, and a vanity counter. Guests can book their favorite room and relive the golden period of Murree.
Perched on a hill overlooking the valley below, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can spend their days exploring the surrounding hills, taking in the panoramic views, and enjoying the peacefulness of the environment while devouring delicious food available at Cecil Hotel.
Cecil Hotel by Pearl-Continental offers a range of dining options. Marco Polo is perfect for all-day dining in a comfortable environment with period furniture, handmade tiled floors, and marble-topped tables. Front Page Café has a casual lounge setting where guests can enjoy a wide selection of snacks, juices, mocktails, ice creams, tea, and aromatic coffee. Bukhara is an outdoor BBQ restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious authentic Pakistani barbeque while taking in the beautiful panoramic views of the mountains while surrounded by rose bushes and fire fountains.
With its elegant colonial architecture, breathtaking views, and cultural heritage, the hotel remains an important part of Pakistan’s history and a valuable source of cultural heritage for future generations. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a peaceful escape from the city, the Cecil Hotel is the perfect place to visit.